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    Application Deadline
  • 3 months


Whether your aim is to teach adults, children, or both, the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program content offered by University of California Irvine (UCI) carefully addresses these unique audiences. This is a full-time, daytime program.

  • Choose from a 3-month program of TEFL coursework or a 6-month program of TEFL coursework plus TEFL internship
  • Learn best practices of various current and traditional methodologies from distinguished teacher-trainers
  • Study together with native-English speakers in integrated classes
  • Attend local and/or regional professional CATESOL conferences to explore the most recent trends and developments
  • Further your career as an English teacher while networking with professionals in the TESL/TEFL field
  • Observe teachers in American ESL classrooms and then plan and conduct a lesson at an American school
  • Practice your teaching skills in a classroom setting
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in further post-graduate studies in TEFL and related fields
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global English teaching job market with opportunities for TEFL internships within our own industry-leading ESL programs

For an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,400, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in UCI’s industry-leading ESL programs for up to three months.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to an ACP
  • TEFL Professional Workshops
  • Introduction to Language Learning Theories
  • Methods of TEFL
  • Teaching the Skills
  • Teaching Pronunciation Skills
  • Teaching Young Learners (K-12)
  • Language Diagnostics and Assessment
  • Teaching Practice
For more information, please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • Evidence of a university degree and/or substantial academic or professional experience
  • ACP TEFL requirements: 80 iBT TOEFL, 550 PBT TOEFL, 770 TOEIC, 6.5 IELTS or other evidence of advanced English language proficiency. (Students who enroll in UCI’s 10-Week Intensive ESL must successfully pass all Level 7 courses to be eligible for ACP TEFL.)
  • Consent of the Admissions Committee
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age or older

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    7500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Approximate total cost: $12,900 USD, excludes airfare
  • Internship tuition: $2,400

Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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